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Monuments & Memorials

"The centennial of World War One offers an opportunity for people in the United States
to learn about and commemorate the sacrifices of their predecessors."

from The World War One Centennial Commission Act, January 14, 2013

DCWorldWarMonumen 1World War One was a watershed in American history. The United States' decision to join the battle in 1917 "to make the world safe for democracy" proved pivotal in securing allied victory — a victory that would usher in the American Century.

In the war's aftermath, individuals, towns, cities, counties, and states all felt compelled to mark the war, as did colleges, businesses, clubs, associations, veterans groups, and houses of worship. Thousands of memorials—from simple honor rolls, to Doughboy sculptures, to grandiose architectural ensembles—were erected throughout the US in the 1920s and 1930s, blanketing the American landscape.

Each of these memorials, regardless of size or expense, has a story. But sadly, as we enter the war's centennial period, these memorials and their very purpose—to honor in perpetuity the more than four million Americans who served in the war and the more than 116,000 who were killed—have largely been forgotten. And while many memorials are carefully tended, others have fallen into disrepair through neglect, vandalism, or theft. Some have been destroyed. Watch this CBS news video on the plight of these monuments.

The extant memorials are our most salient material links in the US to the war. They afford a vital window onto the conflict, its participants, and those determined to remember them. Rediscovering the memorials and the stories they tell will contribute to their physical and cultural rehabilitation—a fitting commemoration of the war and the sacrifices it entailed.

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Hart Memorial - Orange

      
BPOE Lodge 135, 475 Main Street
Orange
NJ
USA
07050

1929

Laura Gardin Fraser

This memorial is one of three in Orange, NJ.

It was erected by the Orange Benevolent Order of Elks, Lodge 134, in memory of Private Joseph Hart, the only member of the lodge killed in World War I. The sculpture consists of a bronze depiction of a resting elk  placed atop a stepped granite base measuring approximately 5' 3" by 10'. The base was designed by architect, Albert Randall Ross.

The sculptor, Laura Gardin Fraser, studied art at the Arts Students League in New York City. Best known for her designs for medals, she also designed elk sculptures for several venues including, Chicago's Elks Memorial & the Elks Lodge in New Brunswick, NJ. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000082.

Photo courtesy of: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

 
Hartford
MI
USA
49057

To Our Fallen Heroes in the World War from the village and township of Hartford, Michigan

Orville G. Burkitt
Roy C. Kelly
Fred D. Kellogg
Ralph W. Olds
Clinton Stoddard
Floyd Talpin
Wilbur Whitmore

 
near Hart County Courthouse, downtown Hartwell
Hartwell
GA
USA
30643

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

A small marker with plaque listing the local war dead, along with a planting of World War I memorial oaks.
 

Haskell Stadium

          
155 Indian Ave
Lawrence
KS
USA
66046
 
352 Commerce Street
Havre de Grace
MD
USA
21078
Erected in 1919 by the Citizens of Havre de Grace in Tydings Memorial Park to honor WWI veteran from the community and listing them by name.

Location:
352 Commerce Street
Havre de Grace, MD, 21078
 
401 S Washington St, Hope, AR 71801
Hope
AR
USA
71801
No additional information at this time.
 
Corner of Ark. 18 and Baltimore Street
Manila
AR
USA
72442

This monument honors Private Herman Davis, who grew up hunting near Manila and became a U.S. Army scout and sharpshooter in World War I. He was on General John J. Pershing’s list of World War I’s 100 great heroric stories. Davis received the Distinguished Service Cross, Croix de Guere, and Medaille Militaire awards from the American and French governments.

 
144 E. Fleeman St.
Manila
AR
United States
72442
No additional information at this time.
 
Calvin Hipp Park
Hogansville
GA
USA
30230

Photos courtesy of Tom Jackson

The memorial is located across the street from Ebenezer Presbyterian Church.
 

Hollywood Post 43

          
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
United States
90068

The Hollywood American Legion building itself is a World War One monument.

The three story, 33,000 square foot facility located on Highland Avenue, one block south of the Hollywood Bowl. The buildings architecture is Egytian Revival-Morroccan Deco and was finished in 1929.

The post is a Los Angeles Registered Historical Landmark and has been a vibrant venue since it's completion. The Post has three floors and a projection booth at the roof level. It's lower floor is partially below ground. Connected to the lower floor by wide carpeted hallways leading up to 55' high Main Atrium supported by four Egyptian Columns.

Open-air Center Atrium leads to 800 capacity Main Auditorium containing 334 fixed theater type seats around a 2,000 square foot Oak hardwood dance floor. The raised stage is a proscenium design with a film screen. The Auditorium ceiling is 55' high and has 8 cement buttress columns that arch floor to ceiling.

All exterior doors are copper sheathed. The Post proudly displays significant Bronze Plaques with Legion members names who have gone to Post Everlasting. Prominent among them are Clark Gable, Adolphe Menjou and Gene Autrey.

Double eight-foot Walnut doors laced with iron and sheathed in copper act as an entrance. The Porch area out front features a six-foot bronze statue of Vietnam Vet in Bronze, a Japanese WWII cannon, Bronze Plaques of Commanders of Post and wrought iron double-gated fence opening on Highland Avenue. There is also a History/Military Museum with an extensive collection; a 4,000 volume Military and Hollywood library.

The collection of historical items of both Hollywood and the military exploits of Post members is a must see on any visit to its vaunted facilities.

 
 
119 Howell St
Florence
AL
USA
35630
"The home of Homer Givens, America's first hero in World War I, was located .4 of a mile north of this intersection. Following a bloody two-hour battle on November 1, 1917, Corporal Givens stood alone after his comrades had fallen. He then managed to kill three enemy soldiers before being severely wounded by twenty-three pieces of shrapnel. Givens was decorated with France's highest military honor, the Croix de Guerre. His award ceremony was attended by General John J. Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Force." -Florence Historical Board marker.
 
210 Locust St.
Malvern
AR
United States
72104
No additional information at this time.
 
421 N Main St, Nashville, AR 71852
Nashville
AR
USA
71852
No additional information at this time.
 

Indiana World War Memorial Plaza

          
Bounded by St. Clair, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Meridian Sts.
Indianapolis
IN
USA

1924

Walker & Weeks; Henry Hering

To commemorate the valor and sacrifice of the land, sea and air forces of the United States and all who rendered faithful and loyal service at home and overseas in the World War; to inculcate a true understanding and appreciation of the privileges of American citizenship; to inspire patriotism and respect for the laws to the end that peace may prevail, justice be administered, public order maintained and liberty perpetuated.

 

Ironwood Memorial Building

          
213 S. Marquette St.
Ironwood
MI
USA
49938

Charles E. Bell and C. LeRoy Kinports, architects

The Memorial Building is a two-story Neoclassical structure built of concrete in a pentagonal shape. The first floor is raised, providing light to the basement level. The two front facades are faced in grey terra cotta and coursed stone, while the remaining elevations are faced with brick. The heavy bronze door entrances are approached with wide granite steps and are flanked by Ionic columns. Above each entrance, clocks are inset into the terra cotta. A balustrade runs around the roof edge. Multipaned windows separated by pilasters and topped with arches run around the first floor, and rectangular windows with architrave trim are used on the second.

 
300 Circle Dr, Melbourne, AR 72556
Melbourne
AR
USA
72556
No additional information at this time.
 
 
108 E Laurel St
Scottsboro
AL
USA
35768

May 29, 1989

 
Monticello
GA
USA
31064
Erected by the local American Legion Post 110.
 
Corner of S. Tallahassee and Jeff Davis Streets
Hazlehurst
GA
USA
31539

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

“All Gave Some - Some Gave All - Dedicated to the Courageous Men and Women of Jeff Davis County Who Served in the United States Military”.  

“25 May 2009 - The Jeff Davis County Veterans Association Dedicates this Memorial in Honor of All the Men and Women Who Served in the United States Military.”
 
611 E Winthrope Ave
Millen
GA
USA
30442

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

“From the People of Jenkins County in Tribute to Those Who Perished, in Honor of Those Who Served, in Gratitude to Those Now Serving”.  “He that Sheds his Blood for Me Shall Be My Brother - All Gave Some - Some Gave All”.  Four names listed from World War 1.
 
3150 Old Alabama Road
Johns Creek
GA
USA
30022

All photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Photo-engraved monolith plaques of all American overseas conflicts from World War 1.  This walk includes tributes to Women in Service and Purple Heart recipients.  Individual brick pavers continue to be added.
 
215 W Main St, Clarksville, AR 72830
Clarksville
AR
USA
72830
No additional information at this time.
 

Joseph H. Lyons Pool

      
6 Victory Blvd
Staten Island
NY
USA
10301
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/lyons-pool/history

May 28, 1938

ERECTED / IN MEMORY OF / JOSEPH H. LYONS / BORN NOV. 13, 1891 DIED
DEC. 12, 1934

A GALLANT SOLDIER / IN THE WORLD WAR / 1917-1918/

A CIVIC MINDED CITIZEN / BELOVED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM / PRO PATRIA/
DEDICATED BY / JAMES S. SLOSSON POST / AMERICAN LEGION / MAY 28,
1938/

 

Joseph W. Guyton

      
Evart
MI
USA
49631

Joseph W. Guyton

Joseph W. Guyton (1889 ~ 1918) lived most of his life near Evart, working as a farmer, plumber, and well driller. When the U.S. entered World War I inn 1917, Guyton was drafted into the army. He could have elected not to go since he was married and had a child, but instead he served with the 126th Infantry Regiment of the 32nd "Red Arrow Division". On May 24, 1918, shortly after reaching the front line in the Alsace region of what was then Germany, Guyton was the first American killed on German soil when he was hit by machine gun fire. France bestowed the  Croix De Guerre medal upon Guyton, as well as his unit to recognize their bravery in combat Guyton's comrades buried his remains in a churchyard. In 1921 the remains were returned to the United States and buried in Evart's Forest Hill Cemetery.

In 1918 when Private Joseph Guyton died during World War I, his fellow soldiers buried him in a German cemetery. In 1921 his remains and those of 5,212 other U.S. soldiers were returned home. At a memorial ceremony in Hoboken, New Jersey, President Warren Harding laid a wreath on Guyton's casket which represented all the war dead. Guyton's remains were given to his parents and daughter, his wife having died in the worldwide flu epidemic only months after him. Newspapers reported that 10,000 people attended Guyton's funeral in his hometown of Evart. Tributes include; Evart's Guyton Park, the Joseph W. Guyton American Legion post in Evart, the US-10 "Guyton" Bridge over the Muskegon River in Osceola County, and Guyton Elementary School in Detroit.


 

Kansas Memorial Union

          
1301 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence
KS
USA
66045
Like the Memorial Stadium, the student union was built to memorialize University of Kansas. It is situated on Mount Oread, overlooking the stadium, and was completed in 1927. The 6th floor of the union has a small exhibit which includes photographs of the 129 KU men and women who died during their service in WW1.
 

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